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Bulgaria makes terror financing arrests across the country

Jan. 18, 2019 12:28 PM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Police in Bulgaria says they have busted a suspected terrorism financing ring and detained 43 people in raids across the country. Deputy Chief Prosecutor Ivan Geshev told reporters on Friday that one of the suspects was a Syrian citizen permanently residing in Bulgaria who allegedly...

Bulgaria's parliament OKs talks with US on F-16 jet deal

Jan. 16, 2019 7:31 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's Parliament has approved a government plan to open talks with the United States on a deal for eight new F-16 fighter jets to replace its aging Russian MiG-29s and bring its air force in line with NATO standards. Parliament on Wednesday approved the plan in a 130-84 vote...

Bulgaria's oldest city honored as European culture capital

Jan. 12, 2019 1:27 PM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Plovdiv, the oldest city in Bulgaria, has been officially inaugurated as the European Capital of Culture for 2019. Some 50,000 people gathered on a main square Saturday to watch the opening show dubbed "We are all colors" with 1,500 local and foreign artists on several stages. The...

Avalanches, accidents bring Europe's winter death toll to 21

Jan. 11, 2019 4:02 PM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Heavy snow paralyzed much of Europe for yet another day, cutting off mountain villages, sparking avalanches like one that crashed into a Swiss hotel and killing at least four more people Friday. Workers at the Hotel Saentis in eastern Switzerland spent Friday shoveling out hip-deep...

Christians celebrate Epiphany across Europe

Jan. 6, 2019 2:02 PM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Christians across Europe celebrated Epiphany on Sunday, with worshippers plunging into icy waters and parades being held in Poland and elsewhere. At the Vatican, Pope Francis marked the Epiphany feast day by urging people to follow the path of "humble love" and care for those who can...

The Latest: Hundreds of thousands in Polish Epiphany parades

Jan. 6, 2019 12:11 PM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The Latest on Epiphany celebrations (all times local): 7 p.m. Organizers say that hundreds of thousands of people have participated in colorful Epiphany processions in more than 700 locations across predominantly Catholic Poland. Around 40,000 people of all ages, wearing paper...

Dimitrov, Raonic win 1st round matches at Brisbane

Dec. 31, 2018 11:09 AM EST

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov and Canada's Milos Roanic ensured no slip ups in their final outing of 2018 by having straight-set victories in their respective first round matches at the Brisbane International on Monday. A semifinalist here last year, Dimitrov fired down nine aces...

Correction: Vatican-Bulgaria-Macedonia story

Dec. 17, 2018 6:23 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — In a story Dec. 13 about the pope's May travel schedule, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Bulgaria is a former Soviet republic. During the Cold War, Bulgaria was one of the Soviet allies that formed the Warsaw Pact. A corrected version of the story is below: Pope to visit...

The Latest: Austrian police stop van with 22 Iraqis, Syrians

Dec. 5, 2018 10:42 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local): 5:40 p.m. Austrian police say they have found 22 asylum-seekers from Iraq and Syria in a van near the country's eastern border. Police in Burgenland province said the Romanian-registered van was stopped Tuesday evening at...

Bulgarian police seize huge amount of weapons during raids

Dec. 5, 2018 10:21 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian authorities say they have seized a huge amount of weapons and munitions during police raids in the capital Sofia and a small village in central Bulgaria. Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said the amount of high quality weapons confiscated by police exceeded that available to...